From Artscope Blast, May 9, 2013
Have you ever wondered what our planet looks like from outer space, amid all the blackness and countless stars? The upcoming exhibition at the Southern Vermont Arts Center will give you a good visual for just that kind of view. Our Fragile Home consists of twenty-nine sculptures and works on paper that were inspired by the words that astronauts from many nations used when viewing the earth for the first time from outer space. Over the last four years, in collaboration with her husband Jerry Carr, a NASA astronaut and commander of Skylab 4, Pat Musick has thought deeply about how she as an artist could convey the feelings expressed about our planet from a bird’s eye view. The eight words shared by viewers–fragile, beauty, harmony, balance, protect, sustain, nurture and steward–are the underlying concepts expressed and explored in Musick/Carr‘s exhibit. Using stone, wood, beeswax, paper, glass, steel, bronze and Lexan (the plastic in
the astronauts’ helmets), Musick strives for what she describes as “a visual balance – harmony out of tension between elements.” Her intention is to make an order out of the chaotic elements of our world and find a resolution of peace. Our Fragile Home will be on view from Saturday, May 18th through Sunday, July 14th in the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 3-5pm. This exhibit kicks off its eighteen-month tour at SVAC this month. It then follows in September-October 2013 at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT. From December-February 2014 the work will be seen at the Brattleboro Museum of Art in Vermont and ends at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA in June 2014.